Black Inc. to publish ‘creative’ Thunberg bio; sells rights to S&S UK
Black Inc. has sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to a ‘creative biography’ of climate change activist Greta Thunberg to Simon & Schuster Children’s UK.
Pitched at middle-grade readers, Greta’s Story: The schoolgirl who went on strike to save the planet (Valentina Camerini, illus by Veronica ‘Veci’ Carratello) was originally published by D’Agostini in Italy. Black Inc. international director Sophy Williams acquired world English rights from the Italian publisher earlier this year, and Black Inc. engaged local author Moreno Giovannoni to translate the book into English.
Williams said: ‘What is the story behind the eloquent and powerful teen, the reluctant icon with the trademark plaits, Greta Thunberg? How did one girl come to inspire millions to take action on climate change? Greta’s Story, a creative biography for middle grade readers, will inspire the next generation and let them know that you are never too small to change the world.’
Williams sold world English-language rights (ex ANZ) to Simon & Schuster Children’s UK managing director Rachel Denwood, who described the book as ‘a story of hope, courage and determination’.
Greta’s Story will be published in ANZ in August, under Black Inc.’s children’s imprint, Piccolo Nero. Black Inc. will donate a portion of proceeds from the book to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. In the UK, S&S will publish on 22 August.